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Optimism, Pessimism, Green Eggs and Ham

By Randy Gage in Critical Thinking, Success, Prosperity.

Did you know there are some genetic factors that influence your optimism?  Most personality traits are determined about 50 percent by your genes and family origin.   So you may have been born optimistic.  Or pessimistic. 

When you’re a child you tend to be more optimistic.  As people get older, they start to buy into the negative bullshit around them and progressively become more pessimistic.  While women are generally more optimistic than men, they are also more pessimistic.  How can that be?  Because they have a greater emotional range.  So while they are more optimistic, they are also more susceptible to depression.

So what if you are born more disposed to be pessimistic?

You can change. Don’t use your DNA as an excuse, unless you’re determined to remain a victim.  All victim-hood will do for you is to diminish what you can achieve in your life.

By controlling your mind – the thoughts you give precedence to – you actually change your mindset and results.

And how do you do this?

That’s a few off the top of my head.  What would you add?


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6 thoughts on “Optimism, Pessimism, Green Eggs and Ham

  1. I like your list, Randy! But please ask the dog or cat’s permission before hugging them. They’re just the same as us.

    1. Randy Gage says:

      Yes you’re right! 🙂

  2. Eric C Smith says:

    i was surprised to see dr. suess here. that’s different!

  3. david says:

    Agree with your list, but I love to drink.. ha ha.. just don’t let it control me.. love to dress up too!! Coming to Miami for the South Beach Food and Wine fest see ya there Randy!!

  4. Pay attention to your “silent knowing”; that inner knowledge we all get psyched out of.. understand the “awareness of being”; meditate often! twice a day if possible. It works!


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